Water Resources Development Act of 2007

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The Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (H.R.1495) was a bill in the 110th Congress "to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, to authorize the Secretary of the Army to construct various projects for improvements to rivers and harbors of the United States, and for other purposes." (Official title.)[1]

Contents

Current status


Bill summary

  • Sets authorizations at $2.20 billion for Florida water resource projects, including $1.12 billion for the Indian River Lagoon and $682.07 million for Everglades restoration.[1]
  • Sets authorizations at $3.49 billion in appropriations for Louisiana coastal restoration projects.[1]
  • Sets authorizations at $4.05 billion for Upper Mississippi River projects, including navigation improvements and ecosystem restoration.[1]

Key votes

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Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Nay

Description:

"Limit debate on a proposal to end combat operations in Iraq by March 2008. May 16. (29-67; 60 votes required to invoke cloture)"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings/senate_votes.htm)


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Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: {{{Vote position 1}}}

Description:

"Limit debate on a proposal to require progress reports for the Iraq government and withhold economic aid for failure to meet "benchmarks." May 16. (52-44; 60 votes required to invoke cloture)"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings/senate_votes.htm)

An amendment proposed by Sen. John Kerry, which was related to global warming, was rejected on May 15, 2007.

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Scored vote

Scorecard: Americans for Democratic Action 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"Kerry (D-MA) amendment to Boxer (D-CA) legislation authorizing about $14 billion for Army Corps of Engineers water resources development projects, including initiatives for storm protection in Louisiana, flood control, and ecosystem restoration. The Kerry amendment would require the Army Corps of Engineers to include the impact on global climate change in any relevant study of water resource projects."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.adaction.org/pages/publications/voting-records.php)

Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Nay

Description:

"Require a study of global-warming effects for federal water projects. May 15. (51-42; 60 votes required because of a unanimous consent agreement)"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings/senate_votes.htm)


The Senate passed the bill on May 16, 2007, by a vote of 91-4.


In late September, the Senate voted to approve the report of the conference with the House by a vote of 81-12.


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Scored vote

Scorecard: FreedomWorks 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Nay

Description:

"This water projects bill is bloated with over 900 special-interest earmarks, which far exceeds the $4.9 billion requested by the Army Corps of Engineers. The bill does not set any priorities and would result in funding for truly essential projects, like protections in Louisiana against future hurricanes, being drowned out in a sea of pork. "Nay" votes scored."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.freedomworks.org/keyvotes/2007_senate.php)

Scored vote

Scorecard: U.S. Chamber of Commerce 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"In September, the Senate agreed to the conference report to H.R. 1495, the Water Resources Development Act, 81-12, with the full support of the Chamber. This comprehensive water resources legislation is long overdue and provides the coordinated federal agenda needed to better protect the United States against severe weather and fl ooding and to facilitate commerce at the nation’s waterways and ports. H.R. 1495 provides the Army Corps of Engineers with the resources needed to undertake hundreds of flood control, navigation, and environmental mitigation projects over the next two years and ensures that transportation demands are met. The president vetoed the legislation in November."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.uschamber.com/issues/legislators/07htv_senate.htm)



President Bush vetoed the bill and on November 6, 2007, the House voted to override the veto.


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Scored vote

Scorecard: Club For Growth 2007 House Scorecard

Org. position: {{{Vote position 1}}}

Description:

"Vote on overriding President Bush's veto of the Water Resources Development Act. The pro-growth vote was "nay" because this bill was stuffed with pork projects and because the total price tag was over 400% larger than the President's initial request. Passed 361-54."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/2008/05/the_2007_congressional_scoreca_1.php)

Scored vote

Scorecard: FreedomWorks 2007 House Scorecard

Org. position: {{{Vote position 2}}}

Description:

"This water projects bill is bloated with over 900 special-interest earmarks, which far exceeds the $4.9 billion requested by the Army Corps of Engineers. The bill does not set any priorities and would result in funding for truly essential projects, like protections in Louisiana against future hurricanes, being drowned out in a sea of pork. “Yea” votes scored."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.freedomworks.org/keyvotes/2007_house.php?state=0&submit=Go)

Scored vote

Scorecard: U.S. Chamber of Commerce 2007 House Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"On November 6, the House voted to override the president’s veto of H.R. 1495, the Water Resources Development Act, 361-54, with the full support of the Chamber. This comprehensive water resources legislation is long overdue and provides the coordinated federal agenda needed to better protect the United States against severe weather and flooding and to facilitate commerce at the nation’s waterways and ports. H.R. 1495 provides the Army Corps of Engineers with the resources needed to undertake hundreds of fl ood control, navigation, and environmental mitigation projects over the next two years and ensures that transportation demands are met. Following House action to override the president’s veto, the Senate on December 8 voted to override the veto. The measure became law. The Water Resources Development Act—typically authorized on a two-year basis—is an important Chamber priority and had not been reauthorized since 2000."

(Original scorecard available at http://www.uschamber.com/issues/legislators/07htv_house.htm

Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2007 House Scorecard

Org. position: {{{Vote position 4}}}

Description:

"Override President Bush's veto of the Water Resources Development Act. November 6. (361-54; 277 votes required in this case to override the veto)"

(Original scorecard available at http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings/house_votes.htm


On November 8, 2007, the Senate followed suit, also voting to override the veto.


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Scored vote

Scorecard: Americans for Democratic Action 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"Passage, over President Bush’s Nov. 2, 2007, veto, of a bill authorizing $23.2 billion for more than 900 water resource development projects and studies by the Army Corps of Engineers for flood control, navigation, beach erosion control, and environmental restoration. The bill would require independent peer review for certain projects that exceed $40 million. It would authorize $3.9 billion for a system of new locks and dams and environmental restoration for the Upper Mississippi River and Illinois waterway system. It also would authorize hurricane recovery activities along the Gulf Coast."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.adaction.org/pages/publications/voting-records.php)

Scored vote

Scorecard: U.S. Chamber of Commerce 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"Following House action to override the president’s veto, the Senate on December 8 voted 79-14 to override the veto. The measure became law. The Water Resources Development Act—typically authorized on a two-year basis—is an important Chamber priority and had not been reauthorized since 2000."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.uschamber.com/issues/legislators/07htv_senate.htm)

Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2007 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"Override the president's veto of the Water Resources Development Act. November 8. (79-14; 62 votes required to override in this case)"

(Original scorecard available at http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings/senate_votes.htm

Supporters

Opponents

Articles and resources

  • The Heritage Foundation's position on this bill.
  • President Bush Vetoes Water Resources Development Act of 2007: "This bill lacks fiscal discipline...This bill does not set priorities." [2]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Project Vote Smart’s info page on Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (H.R.1495).
  2. The White House's page on why President Bush vetoed the bill on Water Resources Development Act of 2007(H.R.1495).
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